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Arcadeo and Sadie J. Browne Amparado "Force for Change" Scholarship

The "Force for Change” Scholarship is open to Black male students in any center or unit of the college who meet the Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria. Eligible students will be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Community & Human Services, Human Development, Labor Studies, Social Theory Structure & Change, or a related field that will empower them to become a “Force for Change” and have a positive impact on our political, economic and social systems and institutions. Special consideration will be given to self-identified LGBTQ individuals and students enrolled in the Metro Center.

Award for Excellence in Public School Teaching

Established by retired mentor Dr. Fernand Brunschwig, the scholarship is to be awarded to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program who demonstrates teaching effectiveness, as evidenced by initiative, resourcefulness and creativity.

The Drs. James Gibson and Patricia Brozinsky Endowed Graduate Scholarship

The Drs. James Gibson and Patricia Brozinsky Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to those students enrolled in the Social Policy program at the Master’s level of Empire State College who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.  Preference will be given to students currently working in, or aspiring to establish a career in higher education.

Nancy Gathings Bunch Scholarship
Established by Metropolitan Center retired Dean Nancy Gathings Bunch, this scholarship is available to students who are highly motivated, have financial need and who wish to direct their work in the service of others. Repeat recipients are encouraged.

Douglas R. Coleman Veterans Services Scholarship

Established in 2014 by Chase and Stephanie Coleman, in honor of Chase’s grandfather, Douglas R. Coleman, a World War II veteran. This scholarship honors Douglas’ military service, and is available to students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Veterans Services program within the School for Graduate Studies. Scholarship awards are based on financial need and academic promise. Preference is given to students who intend to pursue a career that positively impacts the lives of returning veterans. Recipients must submit an application to be considered for funding. Submission of a FAFSA may be waived for Advanced Certificate students.

Susan and Bill Dake Scholarship
The Susan and Bill Dake Scholarship will be awarded to students with financial need who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program within the School for Graduate Studies. The scholarships will have a preference for master’s students with high financial need and academic promise.


Jesse Eisenberg Veterans Fund

The scholarship will be awarded with a preference for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Veterans Services program, on the basis of need and academic promise. Secondary consideration will be given to students studying in the field of Veterans Services, or veterans enrolled in any center or program who have distinguished themselves through military service. Submission of a FAFSA is recommended but not required; 8 prior credits and 80% completion rate requirement may also be waived for certificate students.

Todd Eudell Scholarship

The Todd Eudell Scholarship is available to students with financial need residing in the Syracuse area/Onondaga County who meet the Empire State College Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria. Preference is given to students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Community and Human Services.

Empire State College Scholarship
Established through private contributions to the college, this scholarship provides aid to undergraduate or graduate students with financial need.

Foner Fellowship in Work, Culture and Social Change
Established in honor of Moe Foner, founder and director of the Bread and Roses Cultural Project of the National Hospital Workers Union, this fellowship is available to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program who are studying work, culture, the arts, education or social change and who are dedicated to the cultural and artistic enrichment of their community, as Moe Foner was.

Stephen C. Kasper Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any center or program, with a preference for traditional-age students (age 21 and under), having due regard for their community activities, scholastic achievements and financial need.

Key Bank Scholarship

The KeyBank Scholarship will be awarded annually to students who are residents of the ten-county Capital Region, have a minimum of 2.5 GPA, enrolled full or part time, and who have a history of community involvement. May be an undergraduate or graduate student.

Lake Placid Education Foundation Scholarship

The Lake Placid Education Foundation Scholarship provides scholarships for students residing in the Adirondack Park region.

Michael Lamanna Memorial Scholarship

Provides support for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Empire State College. This memorial scholarship honors the life and work of Dr. Michael Lamanna, who died in 2002. The bulk of Professor Lamanna's career was spent at the State University at Albany. He was an integral part of the education department, teaching methods courses and mentoring teachers in training. Dr. Lamanna loved to learn, he loved to teach each and every day of his 43 year career as an educator.

F. Stewart and Marion E. McCaw Scholarship

Established by James and Darlene Keane in memory of Darlene’s parents F. Stewart and Marion E. McCaw, this scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The award will be based on both need and academic achievement.


Janet Wood McGregor Scholarship

Established in 2008 by Janet Wood McGregor, an Empire State College alumna who received her associate degree in 1979 and her bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the Long Island Center. This award is for a deserving student with financial need, with preference given to single mothers.

Marjorie Meinhardt ’77 Scholarship
Established in honor of alumna and long-time Empire State College director of alumni and student relations, Marjorie Meinhardt ’77, this scholarship is available to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Robert Milton Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of late mentor Robert Milton, the scholarship will be available to all undergraduate and graduate students, based on need & academic promise.

Ortiz Family Scholarship

The Ortiz Family Scholarship is established to promote diversity in the pool of people pursuing careers as K-12 educators. This scholarship will be awarded with preference given to students from a traditionally underrepresented background enrolled in Empire State College's Master of Arts in Teaching program. Secondary consideration is given to similar students working towards a master's degree to achieve permanent certification, or working towards an undergraduate degree with the intention of teaching or entering a Master of Arts Teaching program shortly after graduation.


Nicholas Pekearo Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing

Established in memory of SUNY Empire State College student and auxiliary police officer Nicholas Pekearo, The Nicholas Pekearo Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing will be awarded to students who have an approved degree program with a concentration in Creative Writing and who have a demonstrated writing ability and experience. An application with writing samples is required.

Margaret C. "Peggy" Perkins Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2013 through the generosity of Elaine Patrice Perkins in memory of her mother, the Peggy Perkins Scholarship is available to students enrolled in any regional center or unit.  Preference is given to female students who are pursuing a degree in any of the following areas: English, literature, communications, journalism or the arts; enrolled through the Northeast Center; beginning or resuming educational pursuits that may have been postponed because of devoting time to raising and/or caring for family; special consideration given to women who are veterans, active or reserve military, or spouses of those serving in the military.

Peter Silverhart Scholarship
Established by former Empire State College Foundation board member Sondra Silverhart in memory of her son Peter, this is available to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate a strong commitment to helping people.

Rosa Parks Scholarship
Established in 1999 by an alumna of the Graduate Studies program, this scholarship is intended to help further the graduate education of active trade unionists in the college’s Work and Labor Policy program by providing for partial graduate tuition. Students who wish to be considered for this award should write a letter to the chair of the graduate Work and Labor Policy program indicating their interest to be considered and the trade union to which they belong. The deadline for the letter of application is January 1 of each year. For more information, contact Jason Russell, Work and Labor Policy coordinator, at Jason.Russell@esc.edu.

Fuensanta Arismendi Plaza Annual Scholarship

The Fuensanta Arismendi Plaza Annual Scholarship was established by Galina Krasskova in loving memory of her mother, Fuensanta Plaza. This scholarship supports part-time female students who are 30 years old or older. Student must have significant financial need.

Sal and June Rubino Fund

Established by the late Sal and June Rubino, the scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the School for Graduate Studies pursuing a Certificate in Health Care Management. Secondary consideration will be made for students in other health-related disciplines.Submission of a FAFSA is recommended but not required; 8 prior credits and 80% completion rate requirement may also be waived for certificate students.

State University of New York (SUNY) Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program (GDFP)
This program will assist the college in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in master's level programs who can demonstrate that they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program and that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Preference is given to applicants who have not yet enrolled as a matriculated graduate student at Empire State College. The fellowship covers tuition and fees for the fall and spring terms. Contact the assistant director for student services at the School for Graduate Studies for information, 518 587-2100, ext. 2267or Pat.Ryan@esc.edu.


Monte and Hilda Trammer Scholarship

Established by Empire State College Foundation board member Monte Trammer, this scholarship is available to a male, African-American student with preference given first to a custodial single parent and second to a married man with children in the household at any center or unit.

The Hilda and Charles Wolff Scholarship

Established in honor of Hilda and Charles Wolff through the generosity of their daughter, Linda Weiss '83. This scholarship is available to students anywhere in the college on the basis of need and academic promise.

David Yamada '99 Labor Relations Scholarship
Established by alumnus David Yamada '99, this scholarship is available to graduate students with financial need enrolled in the Work and Labor Policy program who are studying labor education and labor organizing.


Victoria D'Amore Zipko Scholarship

Established in 2007 by alumna Ruth Anne Gigliotti ’87 in memory and honor of her mother, the Victoria D’Amore Zipko Scholarship will be given to deserving Italian American women with financial need currently enrolled at any location of Empire State College.

Additional Graduate Student Fellowships, Internships and Scholarships
For additional information on graduate student fellowships, internships and scholarships, please visit http://www.esc.edu/graduate-studies/financial-services/
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Ann Turner '86
Foundation Board

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